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 Post subject: Why does my puppy love my cats poop?
PostPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2014 1:50 am 
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I've got a new pup at home (going on two weeks together now) and he's obsessed with the cat's litter box! I've moved her food on to a windowsill where he can't reach it, but I can't really stick the litter box anywhere high up, and he just keeps going back to it...again and again. Not only is it gross that he's eating poop...but the cat is freaking out!

Any suggestions? I've read there's stuff you can buy to spray on the poop that makes it smell and taste bad...but umm...it's poop. IMHO it already smells and tastes bad!

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 Post subject: Re: Why does my puppy love my cats poop?
PostPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2014 6:43 am 
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some dogs just really like to eat poo. and roll in poo (mine is like the poo detector, he can find the one spot of sheep poo in the park). some dogs eat their own poo, so i suppose it could be worse?

I think I've seen some kind of setup where the litterbox is inside another box so that dogs can't get in- nothing fancy, the cat can jump in, the dog can't.

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 Post subject: Re: Why does my puppy love my cats poop?
PostPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2014 7:31 am 
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Cats have a shorter digestive tract so I think the food isn't as digested as it would be coming out of an omnivore/herbivore, so it possibly still smells like meat to him.

Miss Poppy loves nothing more than discovering that one of the local moggies have left her a snackapoop in the garden, can't get it down her neck quick enough as I gagscream across the lawn at her. When we had a cat I put the litter tray in the bathroom and put a low bit of trellis across the door to keep her (tiny) self out. A baby gate that the kitty can fit through would work too.


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 Post subject: Re: Why does my puppy love my cats poop?
PostPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2014 5:02 pm 
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Perhaps one of those litterboxes where there is a lid and the cat jumps in from the top?

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 Post subject: Re: Why does my puppy love my cats poop?
PostPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2014 7:22 pm 
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Invictus wrote:
Perhaps one of those litterboxes where there is a lid and the cat jumps in from the top?


I have one of these and it works well for keeping my toddler out of the litter. Clever cat is the brand I have.


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 Post subject: Re: Why does my puppy love my cats poop?
PostPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2014 8:24 pm 
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same gross problem here. She used to go into the box, grab a mouthful, then bring it back to the living room carpet for a nice snack. omg we would want to kill her. There are a few products out there to help. None of them worked for me but that doesnt mean they wont work for you. They definitely seem to smell the high protein content of their food. My pup loves cat poop but doesn't care for dog poop.
The easiest thing is spray deterrents like bitter apple spray. They sell different types of bad tasting things or you can make a home remedy with lemon juice or apple cider vinegar. I recommend taking the dog to the store and spraying their different deterrents on your hand and see if she is grossed out or not. If that doesnt work, there is a product that you feed to the cat that makes the poop taste bad so the dog wont want it anymore. I have a lab so none of the taste deterrents bothered her (she even happily eats wasabi and lemon wedges) and I my cats are too picky to be willing to eat the other stuff. Google around and look for other suggestions of what to put in the litter box to keep him from wanting to be around it!
good luck!

*also, if you go to petsmart to the deterrent sprays and they dont work, they will take them back whether or not they are used. they will take back anything, including dog beds that have been torn to shreds or anything that was ruined.


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 Post subject: Re: Why does my puppy love my cats poop?
PostPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2014 11:33 pm 
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Hmm....a lot of these products unfortunately don't seem available where I live (Israel)...but there's probably a cover for the litter box available somewhere, hopefully that wouldn't stop my cat from wanting to use it.

My pup is not huge now, but he's going to grow to be a pretty dog, so I feel like a trellis or baby gate may not even stop him, unfortunately. I will definitely start off by trying the lemon juice/apple cider vinegar suggestions...and see how it goes! I appreciate all the advice and commiseration! (and like your dog chamaeleonsky...he doesn't have a thing for dog poop at all...just the litterbox!)

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 Post subject: Re: Why does my puppy love my cats poop?
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Hmm....a lot of these products unfortunately don't seem available where I live (Israel)...but there's probably a cover for the litter box available somewhere, hopefully that wouldn't stop my cat from wanting to use it.



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How about scooping more frequently?


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